Not so long ago I could hold the SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 lens in my hands. Of course, I couldn’t resist, grabbed it and walked right to the nearest park. The evening sun was stroking the lush green of the summer trees and the meadows and long-necked colorful flowers were blowing in the soft breeze.
Some days ago SIGMA announced four new lenses on their website and on different company-owned social media pages. So before taking a closer look at these newcomers made of glass, I recently became interested in reviewing the classic that by now can’t be neglected anymore, the SIGMA Art 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, in terms of autofocus and vignetting and with studio photography.
After my last photo walks and reviews led me through the streets of Marrakech, this week it was time again to take a tour through the local forests. Winter is about to fade away and the sun comes back for a few hours as the sunbeams warm our skin again. The last snow is about to melt and every now and then you can see little green leaves and grasses sprout.
In the city this winter is gray. Everything’s gray, the tall buildings, the sky and even sometimes the people appear somewhat gray to me because of the murky atmosphere. The snow never remains and that’s why there’s never a real winter feeling, except for our cold fingers and a red nose.
That’s also the reason why I grabbed my camera (a Canon EOS 5D Mark III) and my new SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM lens to go out of town. However, unfortunately I still wasn’t able to find a real winter. 😉
After countless walks, tours and holidays with the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art lens I decided today to take it outside at night. So far it has always proven very useful for me and I’ve always been very contented. With its big focal length of 24-105mm it can be used universally and covers several classical focal lengths (such as those of 50mm, 85mm and 100mm). The big focal length area is ideal for travel photography but also for diverse photo stories. With the lens you can work quickly and efficiently and you’ll also save time by avoiding time-consuming lens swaps. Besides that I’ve always been very happy with its optics when doing portrait photography! The lens has a consistent light intensity of 4 and in addition it can be supported by image stabilization. Under normal conditions its focus is fast and uncomplicated. That was all when it comes to normal conditions – now let’s go out into the night!
Just after arriving at the Photokina there were quite a lot of things to discover for a curious guy like me. Besides numerous innovations regarding print technology in photography and many fantastic exhibitions of pictures from all over the world, I was particularly fascinated by the recently announced lenses. Of course, Sigma’s optics attracted me and besides the SIGMA ultra-wide-angle 12-24mm F4 DG HSM and the fixed focal length Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM I came across the Sigma 85 F1.4 DG HSM of the Art series. I already know the big aperture from my experiences with the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens with which I already had the chance to take some amazing pictures.
after my stay in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi I took the train to the north of the country. After a 10-hour train ride and after crossing a distance of 380 km, though I have to admit that Vietnamese trains aren’t the fastest, and another 2 hours on the bus I reached my next destination. Sapa!
Sa Pa is located in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains at an altitude of about 1,600 meters above sea level and surrounded by a national park. It is totally different from the capital. It’s surrounded by nature and numerous steep rice fields. Simply idyllic and stunning.
Belonging to the Sigma ART series, this wide-angle lens is characterized by its excellent bokeh performance.
With the 20mm Art F/1,4 DG HSM lens, Sigma managed to create an exceptional tool for astronomical pictures. This lens covers a huge focal length, while simultaneously catching big quantities of light with the aperture. High quality night sky pictures are therefore no problem with this lens.
For the affordable price of about 1050€, the processing of the camera body is of an excellent quality and it is pleasant to hold. Although, since it is loaded with technical features, it’s a bit heavier than other lenses. Its weight is about 950grams, which shouldn’t be an issue for an experienced photographer.
Without a zoom lens it is difficult to capture all of the amazing things on a journey. If you do not want to switch from one lens to another you got to get a lens which offers a wide range of opportunities. I did not have such an all-rounder, so I figures I needed to get one. So I went for the 18-250mm F3, 5-6, 3 DC Macro OS HSM from Sigma and searched for motifs. The glass is pretty nice, because you can capture buildings from far away as well as things, which are close or even take some macro photographs.
Friday morning. You know that feeling? That incredibly good weekend feeling you get in spite of the working day that’s still ahead? When suddenly all the stress is gone and you can start your day completely relaxed?
That’s the way I was feeling today.
The sun was shining through the leaves of the trees in the garden that were blowing in the wind and the air is still fresh after some cool rainy days. And I cuddled up on my cozy sofa in the conservatory with freshly made banana milk, blueberries and a steamy cup of black, good smelling coffee, with some music and some travel books for this summer.